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KRG Decries “Barbaric” Attack on Mosque in Egypt

BAS News - 2017-11-24 21:24
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has condemned in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attack at a mosque in Egypt on Friday, spokesperson Safin Dizayi said. The KRG expresses condolences and sympathy with the families of the victims ...

No Erbil Delegation Formed to Visit Baghdad: Official

BAS News - 2017-11-24 21:24
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has not yet formed a delegation for future talks with the Iraqi central government, said a Kurdish official. Nouri Osman, head of KRG’s Department of Coordination and Follow-up, told BasNews that the delega ...

The American University of Kurdistan Receives Recognition from Baghdad

The American University of Kurdistan - 2017-11-24 02:02
Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan – August 30, 2017 – The Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has granted full recognition to The American University of Kurdistan. Recognition from the central government means that the university is now eligib ...

Turkey Rejects Appeal by Hundreds of Lawyers to Visit Jailed PKK Leader

BAS News - 2017-11-23 23:33
ERBIL — The Turkish authorities again on Thursday rejected an appeal by 250 lawyers who had asked to meet with Abdullah Öcalan, the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The mass appeal, signed by lawy several cities including Istanbul, An ...

Iraqi Federal Court’s Decree Obliges Baghdad to Lift Embargoes: KRG

BAS News - 2017-11-23 21:25
ERBIL — With reference to the recent decree by the Iraqi Federal Court on Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum, there are obligations for the Iraqi central government to be met, among them lifting all sanctions Baghdad has imposed against Erbil, sa ...

New Jewish group supports independence for Kurdistan

Waar Media - 2017-11-23 20:41
WAAR-DUHOK: Several prominent Jews in Europe and North America joined an organization fostering Jewish-Kurdish friendship and supporting independence for Iraqi Kurdistan. The Jewish-American lawyer Alan Dershowitz joined the honorary board of the Brussel ...

40 Scholarships at AUK

The American University of Kurdistan - 2017-11-23 16:12
The American University of Kurdistan is pleased to announce that 40 new scholarships will be awarded to students who wish to start their path to excellence at the university. These scholarships will cover the tuition for academic courses leading to the ba ...

Five Yezidi Children Kidnapped by IS Found in Turkey

BAS News - 2017-11-23 13:13
ERBIL — Five children from the Kurdish Yezidi community who were abducted by the Islamic State in Sinjar in 2014 were found in Turkey, and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is trying to bring them back to Kurdistan. Hussein Qaidi, director of the K ...

KRG’s PM receives letter from British Foreign Secretary

Waar Media - 2017-11-23 12:36
WAAR-DUHOK: UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Boris Johnson, has once again welcomed Kurdistan Region’s initiative to resume peaceful talks with the Iraqi central government to resolve their prolonged disputes. Johnson’s messa ...

Sabri Ok: All events warn Kurds to unite

ANHA - 2017-11-23 10:10
A member of Command Body of the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) Sabri Ok pointed out that the will of the people must be the basis for solving the problems and the crisis between Başûr "South Kurdistan" and Iraq. "One must stay away from the concepts of ...

Violence Against Men in Kurdistan on the Rise

BAS News - 2017-11-23 03:04
ERBIL — There is a significant increase in the number of cases of violence against men by women across the Kurdistan Region, said an official. Burhan Ali, the chairperson of Kurdistan’s Men Union, told BasNews a total number of 596 cases of violence agai ...

Iran: Three Prisoners hanged on Murder Charges at Tabriz Central Prison

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-11-23 02:00
Three prisoners were executed on Murder Charges in Tabriz central prison this morning Nov 22, 2017. The identity of prisoners who have been hanged as identified by Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) is as follows. Jamal Ghanbari from Tabriz (Ward 12) S ...

Cyprus Delivers Military Assistance to Peshmerga

Jewish Coalition for Kurdistan - 2017-11-22 20:02
Cyprus Foreign Minister has revealed that they recently sent a shipment of military assistance to Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces as part of the international partnership for the war against Islamic State. ...

Kurdistan PM Receives Letter from British Foreign Secretary

BAS News - 2017-11-22 19:01
ERBIL — UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Boris Johnson, has once again welcomed Kurdistan Region’s initiative to resume peaceful talks with the Iraqi central government to resolve their prolonged disputes. Johnson’s message w ...

A new school bus for Hadea is on the line

Malala - 2017-11-22 04:40
Don’t miss this call! Here’s your chance to double your impact on #GivingTuesday Malala meets Hadea in Iraqi-Kurdistan during her Girl Power Trip stop in July.#GivingTuesday is one week away — which means you have six days left to donate to Malala Fund a ...

BCF Provides 5,000 IDP Students with School Materials

BAS News - 2017-11-21 20:43
ERBIL — The Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF) distributed on Tuesday school materials among 5,000 displaced students whom are now taking shelter in the Kurdistan Region. The aid was provided by the BCF and Act Now Childrens Fund organisation jointly to he ...

Freedom of Expression Training Takes Place in Dohuk

BAS News - 2017-11-21 18:18
DOHUK (UNAMI) — The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Human Rights Office launched a training course in Dohuk for journalists, media workers and civil society activists in the field of freedom of opinion and expression in the Kurdistan R ...

Week in Brief: Earthquake victims

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-11-21 02:00
The “Week in brief” by Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) is a weekly review of the most important human rights news and developments from and about Iran’s Kurdish areas. Iran government aid not enough to help earthquake victims Residents of Iranian Ku ...

#UniversalChildrensDay – Kurdistan 24

Green Kids - 2017-11-21 02:00
On #UniversalChildrensDay we would like to ask the international community to do more for children in developing countries. We need... ...

UN Gives Kurdish Teachers Human Rights Training

BAS News - 2017-11-21 01:26
ERBIL (UNAMI) — The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Human Rights Office (HRO) in cooperation with the Ministry of Education in Kurdistan Region of Iraq organized a four-day training course in Erbil for 23 teacher, including 9 females, ...

KRG Calls on Int. Community to Pressure Baghdad on Lifting Sanctions

BAS News - 2017-11-21 00:22
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) calls upon the international community to intervene with the Government of Iraq to end its collective measures against the people and government of the Kurdistan Region, said the KRG. “The restrictive polic ...

Iranian Kurdistan Hit by Another Earthquake

BAS News - 2017-11-20 23:01
SULAYMANIYAH — Following a deadly earthquake last week, another quake stroke Ilam province of the Iranian Kurdistan on Monday. Dara Hassan, head of the Department of Meteorology and Seismology in Sulaymaniyah, told BasNews that the quake was also felt in ...

PM Barzani Values Turkey’s Aid to Earthquake-Hit Areas of Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-11-20 23:01
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani has valued Turkey’s prompt action in sending aid to those affected by last week’s earthquake in Kurdistan Region. “Turkey was the first country to send humanitarian aid to Kurdistan Region as Hala ...

Iraq on Brink of a New War: Kurdistan FM

BAS News - 2017-11-20 23:01
ERBIL — The international community should realise the fact that Iraq is now on the verge of a new war, said Falah Mustafa, Kurdistan Region’s Foreign Minister. The Kurdish official believes that the anticipated security crisis in Iraq would be the resul ...

Barzani: Federal Court Lacks Constitutional Ground

BAS News - 2017-11-20 21:20
ERBIL — Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani criticised a decision by Iraqi Federal Court which invalidates the September independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region, saying the court itself lacks constitutional ground. “In any federal state, it is normal t ...

KRG’s PM: All articles of Iraqi constitution have to be implemented

Waar Media - 2017-11-20 20:59
WAAR-DUHOK: The Kurdistan Region’s top official on Monday criticized Baghdad for cherry-picking its implementation of the Iraqi Constitution. “Our efforts to launch dialogue and resolve issues peacefully with Baghdad continue,” the Prime Minister of the ...

Stability Not Achievable Without Implementation of Constitution: KRG PM

BAS News - 2017-11-20 14:58
Iraq needs to implement the entire constitution, Nechirvan Barzani says ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani on Monday stated that the implementation of the entire Iraqi Constitution is the solution to all prob ...

Iraqi Federal Court rules Kurdistan referendum unconstitutional

Waar Media - 2017-11-20 14:54
WAAR-DUHOK; The Iraqi Federal Court ruled on Monday that the Kurdish independence referendum which was held on September 25 is “unconstitutional” and therefore its results null and void, Iraqi state TV reported. The Kurdistan Region is yet to state its p ...

UK supports constitutional rights of Kurdistan

Waar Media - 2017-11-20 14:54
WAAR-DUHOK: The newly appointed UK Ambassador to Iraq arrived in Erbil and discussed bilateral relations and tensions between Erbil and Baghdad with Kurdistan Region officials. On Sunday, Jon Wilks, newly appointed UK Ambassador in Baghdad visited Erbil ...

Talks Between Erbil, Baghdad ‘Going Well’: Canada DM

BAS News - 2017-11-20 11:59
ERBIL — Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan stated that there is no timeline to resume the mission of the Canadian military personnel in the Kurdistan Region due to Erbil-Baghdad tensions. Talks between the Iraqi government and representatives of the ...

Iraq’s Federal Court Invalidates Kurdistan’s Independence Vote

BAS News - 2017-11-20 11:59
ERBIL — The Iraqi federal court on Monday invalidated the independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region held on September 25. The Supreme Federal Court issued a verdict ruling that the September 25 referendum on secession from Iraq conducted by the Kur ...

UK Keen to Strengthen Ties with Kurdistan: Envoy

BAS News - 2017-11-20 01:50
ERBIL — The new British Ambassador to Iraq, Jonathan Wilks, has reiterated his countries firmness on further developing political, economic, security and cultural relations with the Kurdistan Region. The remarks were made during Wilks’s meeting with Kurd ...

Hashd Al-Shaabi Abducts Two KDP Members in Pirde, SE Erbil

BAS News - 2017-11-19 17:13
ERBIL — The Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi abducted on November 14 two members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Pirde town, 50 km to the southeast of Erbil. Confidential sources told BasNews that Hashd al-Shaabi militias abducted Ba ...

KRG’s PM receives a phone call from US Secretary Tillerson

Waar Media - 2017-11-19 12:23
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received a phone call from the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Saturday to discuss the latest political developments including the disputes between Erbil and Baghdad. Tillerson expresse ...

Oso: PKK sacrificed thousands of martyrs to liberate oppressed peoples

ANHA - 2017-11-19 12:06
The administrative in the Democratic Community academies Abdul Ghani Oso said that Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has sacrificed thousands of martyrs for sake of the freedom of the oppressed peoples, and without the ideas and sacrifices of the martyrs of t ...

KRG Forms Special Committee for Talks with Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-11-19 03:46
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Region has formed a specialised committee for the expected negotiations with the Iraqi federal government, awaiting Baghdad’s response to Erbil’s initiative, said a lawmaker. The committee, consisting of economic, legal and politica ...

KRG Premier, US Secretary of State Talk over the Phone

BAS News - 2017-11-19 03:46
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received a phone call from the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Saturday to discuss the latest political developments including the disputes between Erbil and Baghdad. Tillerson expressed co ...

KDP Faction Returns to Iraqi Parliament

BAS News - 2017-11-19 03:46
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) faction has decided to send its lawmakers back to the Iraqi parliament, said an MP. The Kurdish lawmakers will attend Sunday’s parliamentary session in Baghdad, according to MP Shakhawan Abdullah. Following th ...

Iraqi Parliament Returns 2018 Budget Bill to Government

BAS News - 2017-11-19 03:46
BAGHDAD — The Iraqi Parliament returned on Saturday the controversial draft law of 2018 budget to the Council of Ministers. According to a statement, the bill was returned to the government for further reconsideration. The Kurdistan Regional Government ( ...

PUK Escorts Hashd Al-Shaabi to Darbandikhan, SE Sulaymaniyah: Official

BAS News - 2017-11-18 18:26
ERBIL — A Kurdish official stated on Saturday that a group within the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) has helped Hashd al-Shaabi forces travel to Darbandikhan district in southeast of Sulaymaniyah province. Sheikh Jaafar Sheikh Mustafa, head of the Ku ...

Girê Sipî begins fundraising for earthquake’s distressed

ANHA - 2017-11-18 14:30
The Kurdish Red Crescent organization has launched a fund-raising campaign from the people of Girê Sipî/ Tel Abyad canton to support the earthquake's distressed that hit areas in Başûr and Rojhilat Kurdistan. ...

Fundraising campaign to support Rojhilat started in Girkê Legê

ANHA - 2017-11-18 14:30
Kurdish Red Crescent in Girkê Legê district launched a campaign to raise funds for the victims of the earthquake that hit areas in Başûr and Rojhalat Kurdistan, while the Council of Democratic Society Movement confirmed its support for the campaign in a s ...

Secret meetings between Baghdad and Hewlêr

ANHA - 2017-11-18 13:47
NEWS DESK– Media sources said that secret meetings are carried out between the Iraqi Government and the government of Başûr Region “South Kurdistan.” According to media sources of Kurdistan Democratic Party PDK, a parliamentary in the State of Law in Iraq ...

Iraq forces take two largest Kirkuk oil fields from Kurds

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 13:24
Iraq warns Kurdistan not to shut down Kirkuk oil flows KIRKUK,— Iraqi forces took control of the two largest oil fields in the disputed northern province of Kirkuk on Tuesday dealing a heavy blow to the finances of the autonomous Kurdistan government. Th ...

Iraqi Kurdistan faces first major oil outage since referendum

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 13:24
LONDON,— Iraq’s Kurdistan’s oil exports more than halved on Wednesday in the first major supply disruption since the independence referendum last month as Iraqi military retook some of the biggest fields from Kurdistan’s Peshmerga forces. Kurdish oil exp ...

Iraqi court issues arrest warrant for Kurdish PUK leader Kosrat Rasul

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 13:24
BAGHDAD,— A Baghdad court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of Iraqi Kurdistan on charges of “provocation” against Iraq’s armed forces, the judiciary said. Kosrat Rasul had referred to the Iraqi army and federal police as “occup ...

Chevron suspends drilling activity in Kurdistan, Iraq warns oil companies

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 13:24
LONDON,— Chevron has temporarily suspended oil and gas drilling activity in Iraqi Kurdistan, the company said on Thursday, in the latest setback to the region following recent unrest. “Chevron has decided to temporarily suspend its operations,” a company ...

What is American policy toward Kurdistan?

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 13:24
Michael Rubin | American Enterprise Institute The Kirkuk crisis seems largely over. With the exception of a pocket here or there, Iraq has regained areas lost or abandoned in 2014, while the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) retains control of those re ...

In Kurdistan we need change, not theatrics

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
Srwa Abdulwahid | Ekurd.net Since the end of World War I, the Kurdish people have been a pawn in the hands of players in the Middle East chess game played so hard, and often so bloodily. Throughout these years, all we, Kurds, asked for was to be given a ...

Iraqi PM demands annulment, not freeze of Kurdistan independence vote

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
BAGHDAD,— Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Thursday that he would accept only the annulment of a Kurdish vote for independence, not the freeze that Kurdish leaders have offered. “We will accept nothing but the annulment of the referendum and ...

Turkey says freezing Iraqi Kurdistan independence vote is ‘not enough’

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
ANKARA,— Turkey said on Thursday the Iraqi Kurdish offer for last month’s referendum on independence to be frozen is “not enough”, instead urging the Erbil government to cancel the vote. “It is an important move that the northern Iraqi administration tak ...

The Assault on Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
Dr. Sabah Salih | Exclusive to Ekurd.net The wholesale bullying of Kurdistan is in full swing—all because this nation in a non-binding referendum voted on 25 September by a landslide to prefer freedom to subjugation. By all accounts, the voting was clean ...

Massoud Barzani may step down, a potential blow to his ruling family

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Longtime Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani has been president of the northern autonomous region since 2005 and has seen his family-dominated Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) only grow in influence since. Last mo ...

Massoud Barzani resigns after Kurdistan independence vote backfires

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
Pro-Barzani ‘protesters’ storm Kurdistan parliament after Massoud Barzani announces resignation HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Massoud Barzani, who is considered as the illegitimate president of Iraqi Kurdistan, told a closed-door session of par ...

Iraqi army takes control of Turkey border from Kurds

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
ISTANBUL,— Iraqi government forces on Tuesday took control of the key border crossing with Turkey in the Iraqi Kurdistan region after weeks of tensions between Baghdad and Erbil, the Turkish prime minister said. The border crossing “has been handed over ...

Iraq bans Israeli flag following Kurdistan independence rallies

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
BAGHDAD,— The Iraqi parliament voted on Tuesday to criminalize the flying of Israeli flags after the banners were held aloft at a number of Kurdish independence rallies in Iraq’s Kurdistan region ahead of a referendum in September. The vote to ban the fl ...

Iraqi Kurdistan was Never Ready for Statehood

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
Denise Natali | Foreign Policy Iraqi Kurdistan’s referendum on independence has made an already bad situation for the Kurds far worse. Instead of enhancing the Kurds’ political leverage and autonomy, it has squandered international goodwill toward them, ...
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